NAIA Eligibility Center

Who needs to register?

Every student interested in playing championship sports at NAIA colleges for the first time needs to register and receive an eligibility determination.


What happens when I register?

You’ll create a personal profile with the basic facts about your academic history and sports participation to date. We use that information – with standardized test scores and official transcripts – to make a determination about your initial eligibility.

You also have the opportunity to build a personal sport resume through our NAIA Connections service to provide more in-depth information about your experience and accomplishments, plus the type of college you have in mind – size, location, areas of study, extracurricular activities. We’ll use that information to give you a list of NAIA colleges that match those interests. You can then send your profile directly to coaches and admissions offices at up to five schools.


What information will I need to provide?
You need your current contact information, previous addresses, high school and/or colleges attended and history of your sports participation after high school graduation.

When you register for the ACT or SAT, include the NAIA Eligibility Center (9876) on the list of places test scores should be sent.

Ask your high school counselor and/or college registrars to send official transcripts directly to the NAIA Eligibility Center. For high school students, the official transcript should verify high school graduation, class rank and cumulative grade point average. Remember to register before you have records sent to the NAIA Eligibility Center.


When should I have my school(s) send official transcripts?
If you are a U.S. student with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) after the completion of your junior year and you met the standardized test score requirements, please have your high school administrator send an official transcript as soon as possible.
If your cumulative GPA does not meet the early decision requirement (at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale), please have your school administrator send a final, official transcript immediately after high school graduation.


Can I receive an early eligibility decision?
Yes. U.S. high school students who complete their junior year with an overall 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale and score at least 18 on the ACT or 860 on the SAT may receive an early eligibility decision. You must
1) register with the NAIA Eligibility Center,
2) have your high school send an official transcript to the NAIA Eligibility Center, and
3) contact ACT or SAT to have your test scores sent to the NAIA (Code 9876).


Do I need to register if I’m registering with the NCAA Eligibility Center?
Yes. Determining if you meet eligibility requirements for NAIA eligibility is separate from NCAA eligibility certification. The NAIA and NCAA are two separate associations, with two different sets of rules and certification processes.


What are the costs?
Registration for students from the U.S. costs $60. This is a one-time nonrefundable registration fee, and all services of the NAIA Eligibility Center are included.


Is there an opportunity for a fee waiver?
Yes. The registration fee will be waived for students with demonstrated need. If you receive a fee waiver for the ACT or SAT test or qualify for the federal free or reduced-cost lunch program, contact your high school counselor. Your counselor can contact the NAIA Eligibility Center directly to confirm your eligibility for a fee waiver.

Students seeking fee waivers must begin the registration process and get an EC ID# before their waivers can be processed.


My transcripts/test scores were sent several weeks ago, but my profile still says they have not been received.
It can take some time to process incoming documents, so if we received them recently, they may in the queue and will be reviewed and uploaded within a few days. If your status continues to show as “Not Received” for much longer, please call or email the NAIA Eligibility Center.


Is the minimum score of 860 required on the SAT the combined total of all three sub scores on the SAT (reading, math, writing)?
You must score a minimum of 860 on the combined reading and math sections of the SAT. The writing score is not used to determine a student’s eligibility. Keep in mind that both components of the SAT score must come from the same testing date.


Once I submit my test scores/transcripts to you, do I still need to submit them to the schools I want to attend?
Your admission to college is separate from the NAIA Eligibility Center determination. We use transcripts and test scores only to make decisions on whether students meet minimum NAIA eligibility standards. We do not make these documents or the information contained in them available to anyone outside the NAIA Eligibility Center. Check with the schools you are interested in attending to find out what information they need for admission.


I registered, but never received my confirmation code in my inbox or junk folder.
It is likely that your IT system or spam blocker prevented the email from reaching your inbox. If you are able to adjust your settings to allow NAIA communications to be received, we recommend you do so. In the meantime, please contact us and we will be happy to help you confirm your email address so you can continue your registration.


Where can I find my NAIA ID#?
Each student who registers with the NAIA Eligibility Center has a unique identification number. You can find your number by logging into your account at www.PlayNAIA.org and then looking in the red box in the upper right corner. Each ID# is seven digits, begins with a zero and contains only numbers. If you are using an ID# with letters in it, you may be looking at the email confirmation code you received. You will only use the confirmation code once to confirm your email address, and then you will not need that code again. Please reference your NAIA ID# when contacting us with any questions about your registration.


Why is my status still showing as “Pending”? I have submitted everything.
A status of “Pending” does not indicate any kind of problem or delay. “Pending” is the status that will appear on your profile until an Eligibility Manager begins evaluating your case. Due to the volume of registrants, the time it takes to make a determination varies greatly and thus we are not able to give a specific estimate for when you will receive a determination. Keep in mind that having all your information submitted and being on a school’s Short List will help greatly, but you do not need to have a final determination from the NAIA Eligibility Center to accept scholarships or a place on a school’s team.


I want to go to an NAIA school, but my coach says they won’t offer me a place on the team until I have a determination on my eligibility.
The NAIA Eligibility Center does not require you to have a final determination on your eligibility before a school can sign you or offer you a scholarship. Unless you meet the requirements for an early eligibility decision (3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, 18 on the ACT, 860 on the SAT) the first opportunity you will have for a final determination to be made is after we receive your final, official high school transcript confirming your high school graduation or your college transcripts confirming all academic work completed prior to the academic year in which you plan to participate.